Client: Fitzjohns Primary School
Type of works: supply and installation of stainless-steel worktops, cabinets and sanitaryware.
Stainless-steel worktops, cabinets and sanitaryware from GEC Anderson are playing an important role in education, providing top-quality facilities to support the learning process. At a north London primary school, GEC Anderson products were installed as part of a major renovation programme. The aim was to give each classroom a practical, durable and attractive solution for dealing with art and other wet learning needs.
Fitzjohns Primary School, Hampstead, has fitted GEC Anderson sinktops and worktops in each of its classrooms, in addition to in the main kitchen, laundry room and staff room, where the ability to maintain hygienic conditions easily is also an important consideration. Typically, the installations consist of worktops up to 3.2m in length, with integral stainless-steel sinks and water-retaining edges all round to contain spillages and to facilitate cleaning. The worktops are mounted on matching wall-hung stainless-steel base cabinets which offer practical, easy-to-maintain storage. Stainless-steel drinking fountains, from GEC Andersons sanitaryware range, have been installed at key locations.
Headteacher Rob Earrey says the GEC Anderson products were architect-specified as part of the schools five-year refurbishment programme. We needed something that would meet the challenges of a primary school environment, he says. Our architects recommended this solution because it offers the functionality that we want. Its strong, long-lasting and has great visual impact too.
GEC Anderson Managing Director, Martin Tye, says the Fitzjohns installation is typical of a trend among educational institutions. With the governments focus on improving education, both public and private funded schools and colleges are investing in better facilities, he says. Specifiers are well aware that investing in quality stainless-steel products as part of a schools infrastructure represents excellent value for money. As a result, we are supplying a growing list of school building and refurbishment projects.
Fitzjohns Primary Schools eclectic mix of buildings range from 150-year-old Victorian structures to contemporary ones, with external finishes including Portland stone, London brick and cedar panelling. The school accommodates 236 children, with 30 in each reception group, two infant and four junior classes, in addition to 26 in the recently opened nursery unit.